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[bair-foo t] /ˈbɛərˌfʊt/
adjective, adverb
Also, barefooted. with the feet bare:
a barefoot boy; to walk barefoot.
Carpentry. (of a post or stud) secured to a sill or the like without mortising.
Origin of barefoot
before 1000; Middle English barfot, Old English bærfōt. See bare1, foot Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for barefooted
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  • The same tools made addresses from the courts and even engaged every barefooted fellow to sign addresses from the counties.

    Give Me Liberty Thomas J. Wertenbaker
  • All were barefooted, and such as were Berbers were bareheaded also.

    The Scapegoat Hall Caine
  • The next job was to make moccassins for ourselves and for the oxen, for it was plain they could not go on another day barefooted.

    Death Valley in '49 William Lewis Manly
  • No one asked the short-skirted, barefooted girl to finish her sentence.

    Tess of the Storm Country Grace Miller White
  • Both were barefooted; Maria wore a simple white dress, and Ramon a linen shirt and trousers.

    Our Little Cuban Cousin Mary Hazelton Wade
  • Not staying an instant, every man ran for the hillside, barefooted in the snow.

    Earth's Enigmas Charles G. D. Roberts
  • She was barefooted; and, unless I strangely mistook, her face was as ghastly as the one Perry had been speaking of that night.

  • I was about to take the child into the house, when Jonas remarked that it was barefooted.

    Rudder Grange Frank R. Stockton
  • Yes, and barefooted, wild-eyed and untaught, but suffering—and such suffering!

    Tess of the Storm Country Grace Miller White
  • The door opened and the nurse carried in the baby, barefooted.

    The Life of Mrs. Robert Louis Stevenson Nellie van De Grift Sanchez
British Dictionary definitions for barefooted


adjective, adverb
with the feet uncovered
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for barefooted



Old English bærfot; see bare (adj.) + foot (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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barefooted in the Bible

To go barefoot was a sign of great distress (Isa. 20:2, 3, 4), or of some great calamity having fallen on a person (2 Sam. 15:30).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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